With over seven years of professional experience in the independent film industry, Amanda Elder’s expertise focuses on acquisitions, distribution, and exhibition. As Director of Distribution at Collective Eye Films in Portland, OR, she has spent the past five years developing and managing over 160 accounts with filmmakers and sales agents, representing worldwide educational and screening rights for the majority of the collection.
Prior to reinventing and vastly expanding Collective Eye’s Distribution department, Amanda worked as Outreach Manager for the award winning documentary, “Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us?”, where she developed an engagement strategy to fill theaters during the 100-city theatrical release of the film, additionally conducting over 350 subsequent screenings on educational campuses and in communities around the world. She began developing her technique and approach at Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, learning how to use media and outreach to champion social justice issues through the lens of storytelling that engages critical thinking and promotes positive, innovative change.
Amanda is the President of the Portland Chapter of the National “Women in Film” Association, and serves as the Marketing Chair on the Board of Directors for the premiere educational media conference, National Media Market. She is a member of the Planning Committee of Oregon’s Doc Camp, and now offers freelance Documentary Film Distribution Consultation in addition to serving as a longtime Volunteer for Portland’s multitude of Film Festivals.